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Ruben Gonzalez

Rubén González was one of the last of Cuba's great Afro-Cuban piano players. Although he had played and recorded with the band led by Enrique Jorrín, the creator of the cha-cha, for a quarter of a century, he had retired from music by the mid-'80s. Things began to change when González recorded with the Afro-Cuban All Stars in 1996. The album, A Toda Cuba Le Gusta, released the following year, helped to inspire an international fascination for Afro-Cuban music and brought González to the attention of a global audience. His performance on the Ry Cooder-produced album Buena Vista Social Club made him an international phenomenon. Signing a contract with Cooder's label, World Circuit, González released his debut solo album, Introducing...Ruben Gonzalez, at the age of 78.

Showing great promise, as a pianist, from an early age, González graduated from the Cienfuegos Conservatoire in 1934. Although he briefly attended medical school, hoping to become a doctor, the lure of music proved unsurmountable. Leaving school, González moved to Havana to become a full-time musician in 1941. After recording with influential multi-instrumentalist Arsenio Rodriguez, González joined Orquestra de los Hermanos, a group featuring Cuban percussionist Mongo Santamaria. Following an extended period in Panama and Argentina, during which he worked with tango musicians, he returned to Havana and played with a series of cabaret bands. In the early '60s, González joined Enrique Jorrín's band, remaining with the group until Jorrín's death. Although he assumed leadership of the band, González was forced, by arthritis, to announce his retirement. He maintained a low-key presence until 1996. During his return, however, González enjoyed the fame that was long overdue; he released two albums in the U.S, including 1997's Introducing... and 2000's Chanchullo. The octogenarian pianist died in December of 2003 in his home of Havana, Cuba. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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Great pianist whom leave a legacy of rhythms and all generous of musical combinations excellent performance in every album played recorded, lessons of mastery among piano players..... . C u b a an island of gifted musicians and creators of different rhythms a great flavor for every musical taste
Lo mejor de Lo que tu escuchas
Noel Reyes Pinto



Greatness!!!
I'm SO GLAD this truly gifted musician got to enjoy his fame, & knew just how LOVED & RESPECTED he was while he was still with us!!!!! He richly deserved it!!!!!
Oh, this man! You know the music is awesome when you have heard the same song for years and STILL get goose bumps every time you hear it.
Just beautiful. There is not an equal.
Frank New York
Great music doesn't have a genre nor race. It's just great, his music reminds me how much I was actually listening when with my abuelo. Miss that man.
wdgay
I recently watch Buena Vista Social Club again, I forgot how much I enjoy this music.
I live for it.
Ruben Gonzalez music....rem i n d s me of my abuelitos... m u c h love and respect!!!
agonzalez524
The Piano king Dale mi hermano
joeyd021948
The man can perform , listen and enjoy what he can do with those keys. I have spiritual love for all types of music that brings out memories of friends who no longer are here. Joey. D. Bronx River projects.
This dude is should b up there with the greats like Eddie Palmieri.
serene1004
I just LOVE this music one of my favorites Mandinga. The whole album is phenomenal.
Fenomenal Simbolo de Cuba de Siempre
Dont need to understand Spanish or even had heard this to appreciate it... Very Very Nice!!
Músico maravilloso.
Un General El Senor Ruben Gonzalez
kenirivas
glad to know he got the acknowledgem e n t he deserved prior to his death. Love this artist...
jesusjesusra z o
Nice
Wow!!! Que bonito se oye!!! Me encanta!!!
Why cha-cha ?? Cha cha chá is the name of the rhythm.
Saw him play with the Buena Vista group of stars at the Beacon Theater in NY. What a great show.
The best piano player ever!
absolutament e magnifico.
monroecliffo r d
This MUSIC FOR YOUR SOLE
Si las nobezas cortesanas deEuropa hubieran oido a Ruben lo habrian protegido como una joya de valor incalculable . Habrian abundado mecenas para darle el aprecio de que carecio en la epoca que le toco vivir
Thanks to Ry Cooder por redescubrir estos talentos olvidados Rubencito e Ibrahim
DBRIAN8.8008 You got the rite idia buddy!!!!she e r s Mate!
valeriorafae l 5 8 8
the is the first time tha i heard,,great talent.!!
l LOVE THIS MUSIC, IT TOUCHES YOUR SOUL AND SPIRIT!!
You goddah point there Ray. Cuban people, rum and cigars are purdy darned nice too. (Except the commies that are running the place and suppressing them.) (That's hope and change for you.) DMB
You GOTTA love my country's music. It's the best in the world.
rchlj76
beautiful.
Que Rico...Love it!!!!
excellent piano playing from a master of the whites and blacks - a true relaxing sound that will inspire many for years to come - great job Ruben!
ruben got me into afro-cuban music and his piano playing is spectacular. . . thank you ruben!!
I simply love his music! Ruben is an awesome piano player. This is CUBA!
valeriorafae l 5 8 8
he new to me,he is agreat..fast .
ashleylopez7 2 1 2
This guy is INCREDIBLE! A True MASTER of todays music! Just awesome! Wish everyone could hear thisl
BEYOND AWESOME!!! HERMOSA MUSICA CUBANA!! LOVE IT!
recordgamer
OHH I SO WANT TO LEARN TO PLAY LIKE THIS!
mititi57
El mejor, que ritmo que SABOR ............ . . . M i musica Cubana la mejor
alopezrosas
Como Ruben Gonzalez no hay dos.
sabooorrrrrr r r . . .
The guy records his first solo album at the age of 78. It ain't over til it's over. Unreal.
william.garr i g a
Latino's across the world need to get in tune with the roots of their music. Let's not forget these pioneers who have laid a great foundation. Get back into this learn to play and fall in love with this music!

Will
Chicago
yayachavez
I can dig it, maaan... *snaps fingers, bobs head*
dcarey22923
HATE IT.......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
ONE OF THE LAST ONES LEFT..THE GREATEST..GB : ) RONNIE FRANCE
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